Should coding be incorporated in Law study?
Should law students learn how to code, as part of their progress towards becoming a lawyer of the future?
Technology and AI is a growing field in modern society. It drives innovation and it affects all other disciplines. Technology fits surprisingly well with the field of law. Similar skill sets and characteristics are involved in both areas of study; thinking, being analytic, using reason and logic, making solutions to practical problems, etc.
There are AI programs now that can analyze and evaluate documents in a fraction of the time it would have taken a physical lawyer to draft a document, analyze mistakes, and make amendments. Other AI’s can perform risk assessments and make reports about specific clauses that are more efficient and reliable that those done by a human.
Furthermore, AI can analyze cases to recognize and predict patterns of a case. Hence, predicting how the judge will be influenced by the information shared on the case and how or when information is told.
In addition, law functions have already moved towards the digital. Smart contracts, for example, are applications that almost entirely eliminate the use of a lawyer. Their use is to convert documents to computer code and then are sent directly to the Home Office, rather than being reviewed, because they can bypass a middle man.
Therefore, coding allows law students to expand their field and take control of the power that comes with a computer’s accuracy. It allows law students to become multi versed skill-wise, due to how these students show initiative to join a new community and this gives them the opportunity to branch out, network, and work collaboratively with others in order to innovate the law profession along with changing times. There is a gap being bridged due to the similar mindsets used by people in both of these disciplines.
The benefits of coding and tech knowledge are a great compulsion for law students to expand their expertise by developing their skills in coding and IT. Their development in these fields will lead to a greater mastery of skills and a better product output to clients due to the how the coding systems are proof checking and recognizing trends that would prove difficult and time consuming for a human.
Being able to be additionally skilled in technology will allow for law students to keep up the pace with the modern, tech reliant world, and increase their employability. A mixture of the two would result in an increase of performance, being able to increase accuracy, efficiency, and eliminating errors.
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Author: Annaliese Druitt